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Living in Chula Vista is slightly cheaper than living in San Diego, but Chula Vista is more affordable for housing costs.

The cost of living is 5.9 percent lower overall in Chula Vista than in San Diego.

The most significant difference between living in both cities is the cost of housing, with Chula Vista being 13.9 percent cheaper than San Diego in average mortgage and rent spending.

They are comparative results with a tool called Payscale, with an average income of 50,000 dollars per year.

The analysis starts from the fact that San Diego is getting so expensive that it is already among the most expensive cities in the country.

San Diego's housing costs are 136 percent higher than the national average, and utility prices are 15 percent higher than the national average.

Median home prices in San Diego are $817,000, and in Chula Vista, about $703,500.

According to the Payscale tool, the average rent in San Diego is $2,560 per month, while in Chula Vista, it is approximately $2,200 per month.

The calculation of several groups specialized in rents does maintain approximately that proportion, even though it does not precisely coincide in the figures. For example, the average rent in Chula Vista of $2,119 per month and San Diego $2,395 per month.

All of Southern California is more expensive than many other regions of the country.

If you compare the cost of living in Chula Vista with San Antonio, Texas, living in that Texas city is 36.4 percent cheaper.

The cost of housing is an even more remarkable comparison. The median home price in San Antonio, Texas, is 62.7 percent cheaper than in Chula Vista.

But income is significant. 

The Texas mínimum wage is $7.25 per hour; in California, it is between $13 and $14 per hour, depending on the number of employees in each company.

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